The parents of “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin on Tuesday sued the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, an SUV that was under recall when it crushed and killed the 27-year-old in a freak accident at his Studio City home.
Victor and Irina Yelchin filed the wrongful-death and product-liability lawsuit against automaker Fiat Chrysler in Los Angeles County Superior Court following their son’s June 19 death. The suit contends that the gear selector in the actor's Jeep was defective and poorly designed and manufactured.
“Anton was our only son and remarkable human being. Very modest, very simple, very honest, generous, loving. It's wrong. It's against nature when parents bury their own child. That's why we hope this lawsuit will make other families never go through the same hell we are going through right now,” said Victor Yelchin at a press conference in Los Angeles.
The actor's Jeep rolled backward down the driveway of his home, pinning him between a mailbox and a security fence. The SUV was among 1.1 million vehicles recalled in April because its gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly and leading to dozens of injuries.
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